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If there is no immediate danger, take these steps:

  • Move the equipment away from the line if you can do so safely.
  • Have someone call 911 and the electric utility right away.
  • Stay on the equipment until utility workers say it is safe to get off.
  • Warn others away. When equipment hits a line, workers standing on the ground are in the greatest danger.

If you MUST get off the equipment due to fire or other danger:
Jump clear, keeping both feet together and without touching the ground and the equipment at the same time. Shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet close together and on the ground, or hop away on two feet, keeping both feet together.


If your equipment touches a power line, wait on the equipment until utility workers arrive. If you must get off, jump clear without touching the equipment and the ground at the same time, and shuffle or hop away with both feet together.


Equipment hits power line